The final table of the BIG ONE For ONE DROP event at the WSOP has been set. Leading the battle for the record $18 million first prize is Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari.
The BIG ONE For ONE DROP event at the 2012 World Series of Poker has reached its final table after the tournament played down to its last eight players last night.
Day 2 saw 37 players return to the tables, headlined by then-chip leader Brian Rast.
As the eliminations kicked in, the tournament said goodbye to a number of profiles like Gus Hansen
and Phil Ivey
, while Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari picked up enough big hands to take over the chip lead.
Esfandiari managed to collect 39.9 million chips, and he will now head the final table once it gets underway later this afternoon.
Also through are Sam Trickett in second with 37 million chips, Guy Laliberté in third with 21.7 million, Brian Rast in fourth with 11.3 million, Phil Hellmuth
in fifth with 10.9 million, David Einhorn in sixth with 8.3 million, Richard Yong in seventh with 7.4 million and Bobby Baldwin in eighth with 7.1 million.
The money bubble also burst last night, as Russian Ilya Bulychev busted in tenth place against Sam Trickett. Before the official final table was set, Mike Sexton finished in ninth place, picking up a $1,109,333 cash prize.
Once the players return, they will all be sure to take home at least $1,237,000, while one winner will walk away with the biggest single cash prize in poker history worth $18,346,673.